Edinburgh International Film Festival
15-26 June 2011
June 2011 will mark the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
In 2011, in its 65th year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is not applying for senior citizenship. Rather, it has grasped both the opportunity and necessity to have a long look in the mirror. It is thrusting its chin out, boldly reinventing and reinvigorating itself, taking the first long strides into its future.
At EIFF’s core is the 60+ feature film programme, proudly offered to the passionate, loyal, local die hard fans of the ‘Edinburgh’ film – those which thrill and delight, challenge perceptions of what cinema can do, are shown with filmmakers in attendance in unique, exciting presentations, and those which may never see a UK cinema screen again.
New British work leads the way – we’re thrilled to have the World Premiere of David Hare’s first directing outing in 20 years Page Eight, featuring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon and Judy Davis. We’re pleased to be hosting the reunification of David MacKenzie and Ewan McGregor in the new thriller Perfect Sense. Young rising star Felicity Jones (Bill Nighy’s daughter in Page Eight) also appears alongside Jessica Brown-Findlay in the elegant coming of age comedy drama Albatross.
A diverse range of international cinema is playing, and amongst many highlights, I commend to you the highly anticipated Troll Hunter, and the slightly deranged The Last Circus, which won director Alex de la Iglesia a Silver Lion for Best Director in Venice last year. I am proud the Festival is opening with John McDonagh’s darkly funny Irish caper The Guard, starring Brendon Gleeson and Don Cheadle.
Documentaries make up a third of the programme, including James Marsh’s Project Nim and Danfung Dennis’s astounding Sundance winner Hell and Back Again. Ten of these are presented as Joint UK Premieres with the Sheffield Doc/Fest – a major new collaboration. A calm, poetic exploration of climate change explored through the eyes of a boat load of major artists – Laurie Anderson, Jarvis Cocker, KT Tunstall, Marcus Brigstocke and Ryuichi Sakamoto to name a few – is the beautiful, joyous Burning Ice.
From the official website presentation